Heads-up that Call Me By Your Name author and super nice fella André Aciman has a new book of essays out today -- it's called Homo Irrealis (which excuse my blunt understanding of Latin translates directly to "Unreal Men" but perhaps and probably there's a more refined meaning to it I'm not getting at with that exact translation) and you can snap one up on Amazon right this very second. Here's how they describe the book:
"André Aciman returns to the essay form in Homo Irrealis to explore what the present tense means to artists who cannot grasp the here and now. Irrealis is not about the present, or the past, or the future, but about what might have been but never was―but could in theory still happen. From meditations on subway poetry and the temporal resonances of an empty Italian street, to considerations of the lives and work of Sigmund Freud, Constantine Cavafy, W. G. Sebald, John Sloan, Éric Rohmer, Marcel Proust, and Fernando Pessoa, and portraits of cities such as Alexandria and St. Petersburg, Homo Irrealis is a deep reflection of the imagination’s power to shape our memories under time’s seemingly intractable hold."
You can also read an excerpt of the book over on his publisher's website. CMBYN phenomenon aside I think Aciman is a gorgeous writer, with everything of his I've read, so I'm all over this like Elio on any poor peach within reaching distance.